Stambh is located within the complex of the Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan. It
was built by a Jain merchant named Jeeja Bhagerwala in the 12th century.
The aim behind constructing this tower was to honor and promote Jainism and
hence, the tower has become an important religious site for Jainism followers.
Kirti Stambh is 22 meters tall and is embellished with figurines from Jain
pantheon and carvings of the Digamber sect.
Stambh, also known as the Tower of Fame, is devoted to the first Tirthankara,
Rishabha. The tower has seven storeys and also houses few statues of Sri
Adinatha. There are carvings on the four corners of the Stambh which comprise
of figurines of Jain saints. The tower represents the Solanki Style of
Architecture. Visiting the Stambh not only gives you a chance to read the pages
of history but also makes you a spectator of a great view.
More on Kirti Stambh
History of Kirti Stambha
Chittor Fort has the most fascinating history
of bravery and sacrifice concealed within its walls. Rani Padmini enacted
Jauhar after the fort was inavaded by Alauddin Khilji. Within it stands Kirti
Stambh which is dedicated to Sri Adinath who is the first Jain Tirthankara.
There are three inscriptions on the tower that remits this information.
It is evident from the unclothed figures of
Thirthankar engraved on the Stambh that it belonged to the Digambara sect of
Jainism. Furthermore, one of the inscriptions found in this Stambh also
mentions Dharmakirti who was a loyal
follower of Shubhakirti.
Architecture of Kirti Stambha
The Tower of Fame is constructed in the
Solanki architectural style and comprises of many balconies and beautifully
arched windows. The height of the tower is 22 meters and the width of the base
is around 30 feet. As we move up the tower, it narrows down to 15 feet at the
top. There is an observatory hall on the seventh floor from where you can get a
mesmerizing view of the surroundings.
How to Reach Kirti Stambh
Kirti Stambh is situated at a distance of 5 km
from the main city of Chittorgarh. The Fort is well connected by various means
of transportation such as rickshaw, local bus, taxis, etc.